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When to Avoid the Rainy Season at 6 Notoriously Soggy Destinations

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | August 08, 2015

When to Avoid the Rainy Season at 6 Notoriously Soggy Destinations

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Very few people actually want to go on vacation and experience rain. Generally speaking, you head out into the world looking for mild temperatures, drier conditions and clearer views. But there are many great reasons to visit those destinations known for eternal rain. Here is a quick list of when you can expect the worst of the rain so that you can make the best of your planning.


Probably the destination with the rainiest reputation, Seattle is boasting quite the rainy season from October through March. The worst of it would be November through January when temperatures are only hovering around the 45-50 degree mark. Summer is totally your best bet with their driest month being July. Temps are also right around the mid seventies. It isn’t San Diego, but that isn’t too bad.


Just up the block from Seattle sits the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and their proximity makes for a similar weather experience. October through almost April is the rainy season here, and they get absolutely crushed from November to January. It does manage to dry out quite nicely in the summer with July and August being the two nicest months to visit weather wise. But keep in mind that everyone else also knows that, so your room rates will be higher and your attractions more crowded.

The Big Island, Hawaii

Let’s be frank, there is really no bad time to visit Hawaii. But there are a few months of the year where they get a considerable amount more of rain than the rest of the year. This would also be why the accommodations are the cheapest during these months. The wettest months on the Big Island are March and April, and the worst is November which why it is the most affordable time to travel there.

Anchorage, Alaska

It is probably easier to tell you the best time to go to the state instead of the worst. Suffice it to say that between the snow and the rain, the driest time to visit would be March through May. If the snow doesn’t bother you, and to be honest, with the beauty, it shouldn’t, then you are headed there November through March. But June through October is the rainy season up there and although the temps are the best at that point, you may find it a little dismal.


From May to late September, Laos is in its rainy season. The early months of the rainy season are very hot with more sporadic rainfall and the latter months are a little cooler, but the rain is heavier, especially in the southern regions. Except for the hottest months, visitors should think about a sweatshirt or light jacket, especially for use at night when the temperatures dip sharply.


If you are going have to rain, you might as well make the temperatures as bearable as possible. No one likes to be cold and wet. The truth about London is that you pretty much have the same chance of rain almost all year long. If you want to stay the driest, February is your best bet with March and April coming in a close second. 

Temperature and humidity wise, spring is your best bet in terms of not being too hot. The summer has almost as much chance for rain as the winter but with the high temps sometimes reaching 90 degrees, you will be hot and humid.

Hope this sets you in a good direction for planning your next trip.  Where have you been during the rainy season?  Where should we not go and when? Let me know in the comments below.


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